where we begin, and I am here to answer any that you have.
where we begin, and I am here to answer any that you have.
How do we get started?
You can book your first appointment online now, and we can talk further at that time. However, there are lots of different ways to organize NeuroMovement® lessons, from individual appointments to multi-day intensives, depending on your needs and whether you are based locally or out-of-town. If you want to learn more or have questions, start here.
Is your space wheelchair accessible?
Yes! Where I work is wheelchair accessible, with ground floor and step-free access, an accessible bathroom, free parking at the front door, and disabled parking all along the street. If you have a disabled parking permit, you are also allowed to park in residents' permit parking areas for up to three hours with your hang tag displayed. Learn more here.
Where are you located? Where can we park?
My office space is part of a beautiful community health collective called Klinik, located in a quiet residential area just off Vancouver's quaint Main Street: 225 East 17th Ave, Suite 101, Vancouver, BC. There is free street parking out front and on nearby streets and lots of community amenities nearby. (See above for disabled parking options.)
What does it cost?
Lessons are $95 for a 45-minute session. For very young children, we may decide after the initial 45-minute visit to meet for 30-minute sessions instead. Those sessions are $75 each. These prices include GST.
Will insurance, tax deductions, home-schooling programs, or charitable funding subsidies cover the cost?
To the best of my knowledge, there are currently no Canadian insurance programs that cover NeuroMovement, though I have heard of Americans receiving coverage under the medical code for neuro-muscular education. Some NeuroMovement clients have been able to claim the cost of their sessions as a medical expense on their taxes with a supporting letter from their doctor. Others have claimed lessons as a home-schooling expense. For pediatric clients who are home-schooled in BC, I am currently a registered service provider with SelfDesign and Oak and Orca Hands-On Home-Learning. In addition, some clients may be eligible for funding through charities and other support programs. However, individual circumstances vary widely. We can discuss this in person to ensure you are able to access any financial support available. However, it is the responsibility of clients and/or their families to access funding for which they may be eligible.
Do you have a sliding scale?
I do not currently offer a sliding scale. To best meet everyone's needs, I have set the lowest price I can while still covering my own costs and earning a reasonable income.
How do you determine your prices?
My prices are similar to what you might pay for a massage therapy session; my overhead costs and investment in training are similar. I am confident that experiencing my work or seeing its impact on your child will enable you to understand its value.
Can we go to California to see Anat?
Yes! This is always an option, and I know a lot about going to San Rafael—how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, what to expect—because I have often taken my son to the centre. Anat's centre takes a team-based approach. You will usually start with a consultation session with either Anat or one of her senior practitioners and receive the rest of your lessons (10 in one week is standard) from other team members, although Anat will sometimes have the time to see the same client several times in one week.
Do we have to see Anat?
No, this is not required. If I feel like it would be helpful to have a more senior practitioner involved in your or your child's care, I will work with you to figure out who you should see, whether that's a senior practitioner who visits Vancouver or a practitioner based somewhere that you have friends or family to visit or stay with. Sometimes, I may encourage you to see Anat.
What should I wear?
Dress comfortably in clothing that does not restrict movement. Pants or trousers are best. If you need to wear a skirt, please wear leggings so that you can be comfortable lifting and moving your legs. Layers are a good idea so that you can be comfortable at any temperature, and socks are recommended (I have some on hand for those who forget). You will be asked to remove leg, ankle, or wrist braces, jewelry, watches, and glasses during your session.
How long before I see results?
Most adults will feel improvement after the first session.
Is there anything I can do for myself at home?
Yes! This is one of the things I most love about this work. There is a great deal you can do for yourself at home, on your own time and at a low cost. Anat has created numerous DVDs of voice-guided lessons that you can do on your own. I have copies of most of these DVDs at my office, and all are available for streaming as a purchase on Anat's website. One of the best resources for both a quick introduction and a daily practice is a program Anat offers on her website called “NeuroMovement for Your Busy Life.” These short lessons (5-7 minutes) are done sitting at your desk chair. Several other NeuroMovement practitioners have created online lesson programs as well. I will tell you how to do these lessons by yourself and which lessons to do. Much of my own healing journey involved lessons like these.
What should my child wear?
Ensure your child is wearing clothing that does not restrict movement. Layers are a good idea so that they can be comfortable at any temperature. Socks are recommended (and I have some on hand for those who forget). Once your child is comfortable, I will ask that we remove any leg, ankle, or wrist braces, jewelry, watches, and glasses during the session.
What should we bring?
Please bring extra snacks or bottles for small children, as they are likely to be unusually hungry. If your child is anxious, they can bring a favourite toy or stuffed animal along with them.
What if my child is sick?
Please cancel your child's lesson if they are sick. No one learns well if they are feeling sick, and germs spread easily among medically fragile children. There is no charge for lessons cancelled due to illness.
Can I bring my other children?
Siblings are welcome, but the child receiving the lesson needs as much quiet as possible. If you need to bring a sibling, you will want to occupy them with quiet toys or books that you bring or borrow from my collection. If you need to bring several children with you, it may be best for you and your other children to wait in the waiting room or to bring a caregiver who can be with your other children while you stay with us in the lesson.
Will it work for my child?
My teacher, Anat Baniel, has seen less than a handful of children whom she didn't think she could help. If I feel like I can't help, I will say so and support you in connecting with a senior practitioner who I believe could help.
How long before we see results?
Most people will feel improvement in the first lesson. With children, parents will usually start to notice changes after three or four lessons.
Can you work on a child who won't/can't stay still?
Yes! That's part of my training for working with kids. Kids move. I will seek to slow them down and facilitate some moments of stillness and quiet attention. Sometimes that takes a while to achieve. However, it's also useful for me to see them moving and to work with them to do the things they want to do more easily and efficiently. During a lesson, many children do well playing with a toy, having a parent read to them, or listening to music.
Can you work with my anxious/sensitive/defiant child?
Yes! This is something I have a lot of experience with. I aim to be sensitive and respectful and to create a safe learning environment in which a child feels understood, appreciated, and empowered. I am genuinely curious about the children I work with, and I embrace their unique personalities.
Can you teach me how to work with my child?
Only Anat Baniel can train people to give NeuroMovement lessons themselves, and information about training is available on her website. However, I will work with you to implement the Nine Essentials with your child and will make suggestions about how to carry, transfer, move, and interact with your child in ways that promote their learning.
Will we have to drop all other therapies?
No. Some interventions are completely compatible with NeuroMovement, but sometimes it's useful to take a break from other therapies so that you can see more clearly how this work is impacting your child. Sometimes there are interventions that are so much in contradiction with NeuroMovement that it is best to choose one or the other. I am happy to discuss the other therapies your child is receiving and to consider with you how to proceed. You should also consult your child’s physician.
Will my child have to stop using their AFOs, wheelchair, or walker?
NeuroMovement is not opposed to using equipment. However, it does encourage initially using equipment sparingly and as one of a variety of options. It is essential that children get the time they need to learn what they can do on their own. Putting a child into a sitting or standing position before they are ready can cause the brain to panic, and the body to stiffen or flop over. This may inadvertently teach the child that the position is too difficult or even dangerous for them and that they are not capable of it. NeuroMovement playfully introduces children to more possibilities for movement, enabling them to use equipment if desired with a greater sense of confidence, choice, and control.
What is the impact on seizures?
NeuroMovement can be very helpful in dealing with the limitations that can be brought on by seizures, but there is no evidence that it will reduce seizure activity. There is some anecdotal evidence that some children experience increased seizure activity because this work places a high demand on the brain. Parents should monitor their child's seizure activity. If there is a concern, we can increase the amount of time between lessons and/or decrease the length of the lessons to maximize learning without over-stimulating the child's system.